A Kenosha mother accused of methodically murdering her two small children kept a diary of the killings, documenting the process minute by minute, according to authorities.
Police allege Lucia Hernandez-Alvarez allegedly drugged and suffocated her 3-year-old daughter Alicia and 1-year-old son Javier before trying to kill herself.
The small, lifeless bodies of the two children were left lying in a bedroom alongside their bloodied mother inside the southeastern Wisconsin home and discovered by their father early Saturday morning, who then called 911, according to authorities.
"I walked in and I saw blood," said Javier Arrellano, who lives with the family but is not married to Hernandez-Alvarez. “I held them, and they weren't breathing. They were cold. I jumped back, screaming 'Why my kids, why my kids!'”
Kenosha police were first called to the home in the 5000 block of 33rd Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. regarding a death investigation. Upon arrival, Hernandez-Alvarez was found covered in blood after stabbing herself with a kitchen knife, authorities said.
Police say they have a confession written in her own words allegedly documenting every gruesome detail of the murders, including what time both of her children stopped breathing.
“There is a journal or a log outlining what was done to each child, the time that each child stopped breathing, what was given to the children [and] what she did to herself,” said Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey.
The children’s father said Hernandez-Alvarez had been depressed over the last few days, but was typically “sweet” and had never acted aggressively towards them before.
She was treated for her stab wounds and was transferred Sunday from a hospital to the Kenosha County Jail. Police said she was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
Autopsies for the children were scheduled for Monday.